Sustainable Urban Futures

As world leaders prepare for Rio+20, the Global Environmental Summit, in New York City future leaders met in Professor Shagun Mehrotra‘s Climate Change and Cities class to explore risks and responses in global cities, Dakar, Delhi, London, Melbourne, São Paulo, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Toronto. Click on the cities to listen to podcasts of the work presented at the Kellen Gallery, amidst glimpses of a travelling exhibition on climate change. Urban climate resilience was analyzed in transportation, energy, and water sectors of these eight cities, view a slideshow of the class. Based on a semester’s work, in individual and team-based assignments, this scientific analysis revealed how cities can assess risks, craft adaptation and mitigation responses, and operationalize action through contextualized-policy mechanisms. Here are some of the lessons learnt in class.